Much has been made of MLB allegedly “squeezing” baseballs to generate an influx of home runs during the second half of the 2010s and, more recently, about top pitchers like New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. . using illegal substances to bend baseballs and increase spin speed.
New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso had a baseball shot before Wednesday’s game at the Baltimore Orioles, and it’s one that surprised some fans and observers.
“The biggest concern is that Major League Baseball manipulates baseballs year after year depending on the kind of free agency, or the guys who are in an advanced part of their officiating, so I think that’s a big problem: the ball is different every time. ” a single year, “said Alonso, according to Ryan morik by SNY.
“With other sports, the ball is the same, like basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, the ball is the same. I think that’s the real problem with changing baseballs.”
“That’s a fact. The guys have talked about it, but in 2019, there was a great class of free agent pitchers, and that’s, in quotes, juicy balls. 2020 was a weird year with the COVID season, but now that ‘going back to playing a regular season with a bunch of shortstops or position players who are owed and paid a lot of money … it’s not a coincidence, and I think it’s definitely something they do.’
Alonso also explained why he, as a hitter, is in favor of pitchers using sticky substances like Spider Tack during games: